I understand why you, a woodworker, would do that. OP stated that he's not a woodworker. That changes things.
Nah, this isn't exactly rocket science and I think that was the point of the question as she was verifying that. A little elbow grease, some sandpaper, a saw and a little wax or oil. Now if she was going to be turning the blanks on a lathe... But if you're buying dowels there's not much left to do...